More Signals from Russia
Posted by Joshua Price on January 23, 2008
This story from The Washington Times today pretty much says everything:
Russian presidential heir apparent Dmitry Medvedev, in his first major campaign speech yesterday, said he would seek to boost the power of the United Nations and would not sever Moscow’s ties to “problem states” like Iran, despite Western pressure.
The nationally televised address took a softer rhetorical line than that favored recently by Mr. Putin but came on a day when Russia’s military staged another exercise heavy with symbolic echoes of the old Soviet superpower days.
In the first such exercises since the Cold War, Russian warships and nuclear bombers test-fired live missiles in the Bay of Biscay off the coasts of Spain and Portugal. The three-day exercise had been cleared in advance with NATO planners but was widely seen as the latest in a series of moves by the Kremlin to advertise Russia’s reviving military might.
Like I’ve been saying, we better pay very close attention to Russia.